Frederick Morgan faces charges tied to motorcycle gang

Staff report


A local man is scheduled to appear in federal court here Friday in connection with charges stemming from a national law- enforcement crackdown on a motorcycle gang.

Frederick Morgan, who uses the alias Low Rider, of Youngstown, is named in a multicount indictment against members of the Wheels of Soul Motorcycle Gang. The indictment says Morgan serves as the regional vice president of the organization.

Morgan is the only local man arrested in the investigation. Others indicted come from Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Denver, Milwaukee and Louisville.

The hearing will be in the Thomas D. Lambros Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse on Market Street.

According to the criminal complaint against the gang, members and associates of the organization have engaged in acts of violence including murder, attempted murder, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. The complaint also says the organization is engaged in the distribution of crack cocaine and extortion.

According to the indictment, the Wheels of Soul motorcycle gang has feuded with other outlaw motorcycle gangs such as the Street Soldiers, Hells Lovers and Outkast. The feud with Outkast has reached national prominence and is ongoing, the indictment said.

The indictment said membership in the gang is denoted by wearing colors and patches associated with the gang. Prospective members wear different colors and must, without question, do the bidding of fully patched members, the indictment said. Failure to complete a task could result in assault or expulsion from the club.

Members of the gang, the indictment said, are required to carry a “kit,” which includes a weapon of choice, often a gun or knife, and a pen, paper, needle, thread and flashlight.

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